Parks and Natural Resources Specialist - Fixed Term

Michigan, United States
$75,000.00 - $80,000.00
May 26, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) at Michigan State University is considering candidates for a 12 month 100% appointment for a fixed-term teaching specialist in the area of Parks and Natural Resources. The successful candidate will teach up to 6 courses per academic year with additional possibilities for over the summer. This individual will contribute to the department’s efforts to assess student learning outcomes of its undergraduate and graduate curricula. We seek a colleague who embraces the Department’s core value of community engagement and will bring the scholarship of sustainability and possibly to bear on critical parks, recreation, and natural resources issues challenging communities across Michigan, the U.S. and the world.

Duties: Duties include: (a) developing and delivering high quality classroom instruction tied to curriculum learning outcomes; (b) helping develop and implement approaches to assess student achievement of learning outcomes across the Department’s curricula. The successful candidate will be prepared to teach at least one course in the core curriculum Specific teaching duties will depend on the successful candidate’s strengths and the department’s needs. Syllabi for courses that comprise the Department’s curricula are available on the department web site:

The expectations for the successful candidate involve teaching as specified in the MSU Code of Teaching Responsibility

Qualifications:  Applicants will be evaluated for the following criteria:

  • Minimum Qualification MS/MA (PhD preferred)  in a relevant discipline;
  • Potential for successful teaching in the sustainability core curriculum;
  • Evidence of at least 3 years professional teaching experience in higher education; and
  • Demonstrated interest in community engagement and collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching and learning research.

Voting rights:  The proposed position is a fixed-term academic position that is renewable annually. As such, the position does not confer faculty-voting privileges at the unit level until specifically requested and approved according to Department By-laws.

Term:  This fixed-term specialist position is renewable on an annual basis. Renewal is expected but is subject to performance review.

The Department of Community Sustainability is a vibrant community of scholars who engage with colleagues, students, stakeholders and communities to address sustainability challenges within specific environmental, economic and cultural contexts. We do this by:

  • Focusing on sustainability engagement that embraces the decisions inherent in the transition to a more sustainable future;
  • Creating and supporting a dedicated faculty working on sustainability-related issues;
  • Incorporating a systems-thinking view of sustainability into curricula at the undergraduate level, graduate level, and lifelong learner level; and
  • Conducting sustainability scholarship that is global in scope while attending to regional and local contexts.

As scholar-practitioners, and as an interdisciplinary department, we address critical issues at the interface of agriculture, natural resources, recreation, and communities. Through engaged scholarship, we aim to generate knowledge that will be useful to people in their roles as residents, landowners, business leaders, and governmental and non-profit institutional leaders.  We seek to understand the dynamic interactions in communities, ecosystems, and the world, as well as opportunities for sustainable development. This work is rooted in our view of a just, engaged, and dynamic society. Toward that end, we are guided by an ethic of responsible and responsive scholarship that engages people and communities.

Consistent with its mission to contribute to the development of sustainable communities, the Department offers three undergraduate majors (Bachelor of Science) linked by a common core in community sustainability: (1) Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS); (2) Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SPRT); and (3) Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education (AFNRE). The Department also offers graduate degrees in Community Sustainability (MS and PhD) and Sustainable Tourism and Protected Areas Management (MS and PhD). In both undergraduate and graduate programs, the Department of Community Sustainability embraces international as well as domestic applications, engagement, and opportunities.

Application Procedure: Qualified applicants MUST apply online on the CAREERS@MSU website (, referencing posting #651729. Applications must include a cover letter that includes the applicant's perceived fit with the department; a statement of teaching philosophy and experience; a curriculum vitae; and, contact information for three or more references.